Studies at Halmstad University
Studying in Sweden might differ from studying in your home country. We know that there are some cultural differences that are good to prepare for prior to your stay in Sweden in order to succeed in your studies.
About the Education
As an international student at Halmstad University, there might be a few things that are new to you when it comes to academic education and how the studies are being structured.
In Sweden you are in charge of your own studies to a large extent. As a full-time student, we expect you to spend 40 hours per week studying. Not all of this time will be spent in class with a teacher, you also need to prepare for a lot of self-studies. We advise you to make study groups together with your classmates.
Working together with classmates from different cultures to solve a task or writing a paper is a part of your academic studies in Sweden. This might be challenging at times but will be a valuable experience when building your career.
In Sweden, we have set rules on how to write academic papers, where it is specifically important to reference sources of information in a correct way. When using another author's text, this needs to be either rephrased or put into quotation marks. This way of writing can be quite complex in the beginning and we advise you to learn the system correctly at an early stage in your study period. There is support to get from the English language studio.
Equality and critical thinking
Sweden is founded on democracy where everyone has the same right to give their opinion. This principle is present in all parts of the society and plays an important role in the academic world, where discussions are encouraged. Don't be surprised if the teacher asks you about your opinion during class as this is a way of involving the students and develop critical thinking.
Help and Support
As a student at Halmstad University, you have access to several support functions and services in connection to your studies and general well-being.
The following degrees are offered at Halmstad University.
University Diploma, 120 HE credits (two years)
Degree of Bachelor, 180 HE credits (three years)
In Sweden a Bachelor Degree requires 180 Swedish higher education credits (HE credits) at first level, of which at least 90 credits with increasingly in-depth studies have to be in the main field of study. The main field of study must also include a diploma project of 15 credits.
In order to get accepted to first level studies, a student needs to have a completed programme in the upper-secondary school or the equivalent and fulfil the specified admission requirements.
Halmstad University offers both One Year and Two Years Master degrees and all our degrees are fully recognized internationally.
Degree of Master (One Year), 60 HE credits
A Swedish Degree of Master (One Year) requires 60 Swedish higher education credits, of which 30 credits have to be within the main field of study. The main field of study must include one independent thesis of 15 credits.
Degree of Master (Two Years), 120 HE credits
A Swedish Degree of Master (Two Years) requires 120 Swedish higher education credits, of which 60 credits have to be within the main field of study. The main field of study must include one independent thesis of 30 credits.
In order to get accepted to the second level, a student needs to hold a Bachelor Degree of at least 180 Swedish higher education credits or an equivalent foreign degree and fulfil the specified admission requirements.
Student Experience and Employability Programme
The SEEP programme is an extracurricular programme with the aim to prepare international students for the Swedish labor market. Boost your career in Sweden by leveraging your strengths and expanding your network.
Why take part in the programme?
By taking part in the Student Experience and Employability Programme (SEEP) you will create a unique opportunity to prepare yourself for a future career in Sweden by learning the language, understanding the working culture, preparing an attractive resume and expanding your network with local employers and University partners. For your personal development, you will connect with like-minded international students which will further enhance your student experience at Halmstad University.
Reasons to join the programme
- Increase the prospect of finding a job in Sweden
- Learn Swedish to boost your chances and networking opportunities
- Understand the Swedish culture, traditions and norms in the workplace
- Build a network of young professionals as well as company representatives
- Get a toolbox to build your own capacity and successful career!
Upon a successful completion of SEEP you will receive a certificate that is valuable for your professional CV.